The Invention of Nitroglycerin

Italian chemist Ascanio Sobrero developed nitroglycerin, originally called pyro glycerin in 1847 a very volatile and explosive substance. Swedish chemists Immanuel and Alfred Nobel produced the first recipe for dynamite, containing 75 percent nitroglycerin and 25 percent kieselguhr or the first stable nitroglycerin-based explosive.

Date:
      1847, 1867
Name(s):
      Alfred Nobel; Ascanio Sobrero
Occupation:
      Chemist
Location:
      Sweden

Additional Information:

  • Nitroglycerin – Wikipedia
    Nitroglycerin was the first practical explosive produced that was stronger than black powder. It was first synthesized by the Italian chemist Ascanio Sobrero in 1847, working under Théophile-Jules Pelouze at the University of Turin. … This led to a complete ban on the transportation of liquid nitroglycerin in California.
  • Nitroglycerin
    History: The Italian chemist Ascanio Sobrero first made nitroglycerin in 1847, by adding glycerol to a mixture of concentrated nitric and sulfuric acids. Sobrero’s face was badly scarred due to an explosion in the 1840s.
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